MHS team wins state Envirothon title

State Champions (L to R): Ilene Finn, Emma Runquist, Joe Metzger, Abby Snyder, Adam Willman.

State Champions (L to R): Ilene Finn, Emma Runquist, Joe Metzger, Abby Snyder, Adam Willman.

Marshalltown High School is once again the state Envirothon champion.

MHS Team 1, comprised of juniors Abby Snyder, Adam Willman and Ilene Finn and seniors Joe Metzger and Emma Runquist placed first at the state contest Monday, April 15, at Springbrook State Park in Guthrie Center. The team placed first in Wildlife and Oral Presentation categories, placing overall ahead of Des Moines FFA by 3.75 points.

The title earns them a trip to the North American championship this summer in Bozeman, Montana.

Also doing an outstanding job was MHS’s Team 2 (juniors Madison Sogge and Wynn Tan, sophomores Chandler Fisher and Rachel Heatwole, freshman Hannah Lindgren) who placed first on the soils and aquatics tests. This team had a cumulative score that placed them 8th overall.

Sixteen teams competed at the state competition, and about 60 teams competed at statewide regional competitions. The contest consisted of four outdoor stations covering forestry, wildlife, soils, and aquatics as well as a 15-minute oral presentation on this year’s current issue of range-land management.

State Participants (L to R): Rachel Heatwole, Chandler Fisher, Madison Sogge, Hannah Lindgren, Wynn Tan.

State Participants (L to R): Rachel Heatwole, Chandler Fisher, Madison Sogge, Hannah Lindgren, Wynn Tan.

This is Marshalltown High School’s seventh state victory in 14 years of competition.  Last year’s championship team (which included this year’s team members Abby Snyder, Adam Willman, and Joe Metzger) placed 16th at the Envirothon North American Championship in Selinsgrove, Penn., last summer.

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